Are you going on Erasmus to Bilbao? And are you considering the option of sharing a flat with students? We tell you that it is a very good alternative because the cost of rent in this Basque city is very high. Living in a shared flat will allow you to enjoy the quality of life, modernity and the wide range of leisure activities with more peace of mind.
Your flatmates in Bilbao may be Basque since many locals move to this city to enjoy its atmosphere while studying for their degree. But Bilbao also attracts young people from different parts of the world, so you will surely be able to get involved in a multicultural environment.
We list some of the most outstanding pros and cons of sharing an apartment in the Basque city:
If your flatmates are Basque, you can take the opportunity to learn about the local culture and gastronomy. Although this also applies in the case where your housemates are multicultural.
The cost of accommodation in Bilbao is very high. By sharing a flat you will pay a lower price in monthly rent and utility bills, which are divided among all those who live there. You will also be able to choose an apartment in the areas preferred by students, such as Deusto or Uribarri.
The weather in Bilbao is quite grey and having other young people around can be very positive so that your mood does not drop, especially if you come from a place with a lot of sun.
Some apartments in Basque city are old and do not have good insulation. However, they do usually have everything you need to be comfortable.
Arguments or problems can arise if someone does not follow the rules of cleanliness or visits.
The use of apps for your international mobility will simplify both your arrival in the city and the time you spend there. One of these applications is the one of the European Commission, where you can find help with procedures, request new mobility, read about different experiences and meet other young people.
If you want to be in contact with other young people as soon as you arrive in the city, sharing a flat is an ideal option. In addition, below we advise you on other ways that you can take into account:
Thanks to these organizations you will be able to meet students of all specialities since they promote the integration of different universities and careers. Some of the student associations preferred by Erasmus students are ESN Bilbao, AEGEE Bilbao and Happy Erasmus Bilbao.
On Facebook, you will find both groups that correspond to student associations and others that go according to the academic semesters. In all of them, you will be able to meet people who are going to Bilbao at the same time as you and find out about different aspects of life in the city.
Thanks to the WhatsApp groups created by associations and student groups, you will be able to keep up to date with the plans, trips and other activities that are organized in Basque city. Take the opportunity to introduce yourself and share your interests, so you find other students to make fun plans.
We give you some tips to keep in mind when looking for an apartment in the Basque city:
The locals are usually willing to share theirs and integrate international students. Take the opportunity to learn about different cultures, whether your roommates are Basque or from other countries.
Gray and cloudy days are constant in Bilbao. Try to ensure that your apartment or room has good natural light so that you can at least enjoy a bit of outside light.
Try to choose an apartment with good communication within the city and with the surroundings, to make the most of the spaces and natural landscapes.
|How much does a shared flat cost in Bilbao?|
|You can choose between a room in an already rented flat or an apartment in which you look for those who are going to be your companions. The first option has an average cost of €450-500 per month and the second depends on the number of rooms and occupants that are going to be in the apartment.|
|How to meet people in Bilbao?|
|One way is to connect with your flatmates as soon as you arrive in Basque city, but you can also join online communities such as Erasmus Play, student associations, and Facebook or WhatsApp groups.|
|Why share a student flat in Bilbao?|
|The cost of living in Bilbao is usually high and a room will allow you to save on the cost of rent and bills. Also, surely your roommates will become some of your closest friends and you will be able to learn from them in the coexistence.|
|What to ask before entering to share a flat in Bilbao?|
|Think about what is important to you, if you have a specific routine or habit that you need to discuss. You should also ask about your roommates' lifestyles and house rules, including cleanliness, visitors, and parties.|
|What are the best apps to find roommates in Bilbao?|
|One of the best apps/websites that you can use to share a flat is Erasmus Play, where you will be able to rent both rooms and entire flats.|